BRISBANE, Calif., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart (NYSE:
WMT) announces the launch of "DRM-free" MP3 music downloads, now available
online at http://www.walmart.com. At only 94 cents per track and $9.22 per
album, the new MP3 digital format delivers value, convenience and the
ability for customers to play music on nearly any device, including
iPod(R), iPhone(R) and Zune(TM) portable media players. Wal-Mart is one of
the first major retailers to offer MP3 digital tracks with music content
from major record labels such as Universal and EMI Music.
"As we consistently strive to help our customers shop smart at
Wal-Mart, our new 'DRM-free' MP3 digital tracks give them the ease and
flexibility to play music on virtually any device at a great value," said
Kevin Swint, Wal-Mart's senior director and divisional manager for digital
media. "Also, we're excited to launch our MP3 catalog with major record
labels such as Universal and EMI Music that includes music from popular
artists like The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse,
Maroon 5, George Strait and Nelly."
Wal-Mart's new MP3 music catalog includes hundreds of thousands of
songs and albums, and will be continually expanded with additional
mainstream and independent music content. Also, Wal-Mart is currently
offering special MP3 album pricing on hundreds of album classics such as
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, Be Here by Keith Urban and Barrio Fino en
Directo by Daddy Yankee at $7.88 per album; and Slippery When Wet by Bon
Jovi and Get Rich or Die Tryin' by 50 Cent at $5.88 per album.
Wal-Mart will continue to offer its existing WMA-format music
downloads. Thus, customers may select the option of MP3-format downloads at
256 kbps for $0.94/track and/or WMA-format downloads at 128 kbps for
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters,
Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club locations in the United States. The
Company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and
the United Kingdom. The Company's securities are listed on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT.
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